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Barbara Fortin, 80, formerly of Winooski, VT, passed away peacefully at her home in Charlotte, NC on July 25, 2023 after a valiant battle with metastatic melanoma. She was born on February 27, 1943, in London, England to Amy and Terrance Moore. Barbara was a beloved wife, mother, Nana, and sister. She is survived by her loving husband, Paul A. Fortin, her son Chris (Kathy), her grandchildren Matthew (Julia), Megan Frowine (Andrew) and her sister Maureen Kontaxis (Teddy). Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved son Kevin, her brother Malcom Moore, and by the family’s beloved dog, Payton.
Barbara and Paul were married on July 14, 1962 in Winooski, where they raised their two sons and formed countless friendships over the years. One would be hard pressed to find someone who didn’t know and love “The Fortins”. Barbara had a dry sense of humor and a contagious laugh. Anyone who knew Barbara would describe her as an outgoing and upbeat person. A self-described “Pollyanna”, she refused to acknowledge the negative, only focusing on the positive.
She was especially known for her “Irish Whisper”. Barbara found great joy in spending time with her family. There were many nights of howling laughter coming from their home during games of Uno, Pictionary and Cards Against Humanity. We will never have another game of BeanBoozled without hearing her laugh.
Barb was a wife and mother but her favorite role was that of Nana. She cherished this role and was immensely proud of her grandchildren, always there when needed and selflessly putting the needs of her loved ones above her own. Her legacy will live on for generations to come.
Barbara served as a Business Financial Manager at the University of Vermont bookstore where she was a fixture for over 30 years. After retirement, she worked as a teller at NEFCU. Barbara loved to catch up with customers and ask about their families and lives.
Barbara had a talent for sewing, quilting, baking, and gardening. She took particular joy in cooking for her family. Her chicken cacciatore was a staple during family gatherings. Barbara’s lemon lush dessert during the holidays became a family tradition. She was the true matriarch of our family and will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her.
A service to celebrate Barbara’s life will be held on Friday, August 4, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at The Laurels at Highland Creek in Charlotte, NC. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that contributions be made to the Melanoma Research Foundation in memory of their beloved wife, mother, and Nana. Donations can be made at https://www.curemelanoma.org/.
There will be a graveside service in Vermont at a later date where friends and family may gather to celebrate Barbara’s life.
The family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to the nursing staff and workers at the Laurels for taking care of Barbara during her residence there. The family would also like to thank Fran Streeter, her daughter Cathy, Cindy Arel Hamel and Carol Freeman Michel for assisting Barbara and Paul in times of need while at Williston Woods. In addition, Barbara’s two “adopted” sons, Jeff Brosseau and Mike Collins were also checking in on her well-being. The family cannot express how thankful we are for your caring and kindness.